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Mermen Live at Great American Music Hall on 2003-01-03

by Mermen

Topics Rock, Psychedelic, Surf


Kaena
The Drowning Man Knows His God -->
Scalp Salad
With No Definite Future...
Honeybomb
Raglan
Dragonfly
Pull of the Moon
Ghost Riders in the Sky * -->
Emmylou Rides Clarence West and Then South *
The Whales * -->
Curve *
Bondage of the Sea
Hammerhead
Blue Xoam
The Intractable Boy
To Be Naked and French Is Always Hard
Jungle Rot *
Burn *


Collection Mermen
Band/Artist Mermen
Date January 3, 2003
Venue Great American Music Hall
Location San Francisco, CA

Source (on-stage) B&K 4011 > Lunatec V2 > Sonic AD2K+ (NS3) @ 48k > Tascam DA-P1
Lineage Tascam DA-20mkII (playback) > AudioMagic Presto IIcoax > SEK'D Prodif Plus > CDWav (record) >Samplitude 2496 (48k > 44.1k @ Ultra High) >CD Wave (tracks) > mkwACT > SHN
Taped by Steve Gilbert
Transferred by Steve Gilbert


Notes

Jim Thomas: guitar
Jennifer Burnes: bass
Martyn Jones: drums
*with That One Guy on pipe and saw

Reviews

Reviewer: njpg - - January 13, 2014
Subject: -
Very good show. Heard them do better.
Reviewer: Direwolfman - - November 3, 2009
Subject: Mermen rule1
The recording sounds good, and these guys are fun to listen to when your crusin' down the river. Great stuff!
Reviewer: batzi - - August 9, 2008
Subject: Acoustics
The Great American Music Hall has probably among the best acoustics for the more psychedelic guitar sounds more reminiscent of their studio recordings than some of the other venues. The guitar produces both sweet clear and gut wrenching feedback sounds. The gutsiest version of No Definite Future, a bombs away Honeybomb, dreamy Pull of the Moon with lots of Hendrix like feedback, thunderous The Whales [are coming and boy are they pissed], and a killer closer Burn which starts Indian Raga, builds to their standard Mermen surf crash crescendo and then finishing with a Pink Floyd Ummagumma era Saucer Full of Secrets type closer. If you only download one Mermen tune, get this, it will melt the walls. The rest ain't bad either, but the long psychedelic experimental stuff works best here. And that's the stuff of theirs I like best. They do take their name, after all, from a Hendrix song - 1983 ... a merman I should turn to be.
Reviewer: sled dog - - September 21, 2006
Subject: The real deal
This folks is the real thing. Sometimes you do not need lyrics to get the mood across, this will be good for some long distance cycling trips where at around a hundred miles things start to get a bit strange.
Reviewer: Diana Hamilton - - August 20, 2003
Subject: Surf's Up and It's Melting!
Instrumental surf music with a twist, played with proficiency. The Mermen have a much more polished, cleaner sound in comparison to another band I'm used to listening to, the rougher, more offbeat "Man... or Astroman?" (not hosted here yet BTW).

The onstage mics give you that right-there feeling. I've listened the first time in a high background noise setting and the music punched right through.

This being my first exposure to the Mermen, I can't say how this particular show or recording stacks up against others of theirs, but I will say it is prompting me to check the band out some more!

Later followup: On further listening, I really appreciate how these folks meld the surf sound with the other classic "San Francisco" sound. For a good sampler of how they go about it, get d2t1,2 (The Whales > Curve).
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